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    Specialty Box Office: 'Birdman' Best Opener Since 'Grand Budapest,' 'Dear White People' Shows Broad Interest

    Two of the strongest new specialized releases of the season opened this weekend. Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" had the second-best limited opening of the year. "Dear White People," one of seven Sundance 2014 films to open this week, also impressed in its somewhat wider platform debut. As nothing...

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    Lionsgate and Summit Finally Merge Marketing Operations

    Inevitably, the long-planned merger of Lionsgate and Summit marketing is coming to pass.

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    Lionsgate Follows 'Twilight/Hunger Games' Template by Extending 'Divergent' "Trilogy"

    Not only does Lionsgate/Summit commit to an ongoing production--which is the closest the movie companies come to episodic television, allowing fans to invest in the creation of a world over time--and hang on to beloved actors over a series of films, but "Divergent" is now extending the life of its "...

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    Why Roadside Attractions Is the Right Distributor to Handle Justin Simien's College Satire 'Dear White People' (VIDEO)

    With a solid target audience of college students and millennials, it will be fascinating to see how Roadside Attractions handles the release of marketer-turned-filmmaker Justin Simien's cutting racial satire "Dear White People," given that the Sundance prize-winner started out as a provocative conce...

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    Sundance Deal Tally: Who's Bought What? (Score Card UPDATED)

    UPDATED: We continue to add to our ongoing deal tally out of Sundance (which wrapped January 26). While the buys haven't been high-end, they've been steady. So, who's bought what? A breakdown of companies and numbers of buys, below.

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    Who Needs an Oscar Nod? 'Gloria' Scores Strong Initial Numbers Along with 'Stranger by the Lake' and 'Visitors'

    The new year has its first subtitled success with the strong opening of Chile Oscar submission "Gloria" (Roadside Attractions), which did not make the Foreign Language shortlist. Opening with a higher per screen average than "No," Chile's nominee last year (starring Gael Garcia Bernal), "Gloria" ben...

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    From 'Gravity' To 'All Is Lost': Why Are There So Many Survival Movies Out This Month?

    Some movies -- particularly the braying blockbusters of summer -- give us the opportunity to escape from reality. But in several released this month, characters are just trying to escape with their lives.

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    Casting Watch: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass Get a Tense 'Reawakening' in Frankenstein-esque Tale

    Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are signed on to star in medical thriller "Reawakening," with David Gelb ("Jiro Dreams of Sushi") directing and Jason Blum producing. The Frankenstein-esque story centers on a team of research students who unlock the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead, but w...

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    Trailer of the Week: Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening Make for One Dysfunctional Family in 'Girl Most Likely'

    Before the trailer, we thought: With Kristen Wiig's first post-"Bridesmaids" starring role, a supporting cast that includes Annette Bening and Matt Dillon in welcome comedic roles, all signs pointed to a return to form for "American Splendor" directors Shari Spring Berman and Robert Pulcini, followi...

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    'Arbitrage' Marks New Trend of Releasing Pay-Per-View Earnings

    Richard Gere's Bernie Madoff-esque thriller "Arbitrage" reportedly now holds the record for combined sales for a movie released concurrently in theaters and VOD, grossing more than $7.3 million on the big screen and about $11 million on small screens. It also marks a slowly increa...

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